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Anthony Bourdain had no reservations about a move to CNN. Shortly after concluding an eight-season stint at the helm of his popular Travel Channel series, the equally popular Emmy-winning host came to the news network searching for "Parts Unknown." In the hourlong weekend series -- similar in premise to Travel's "No Reservations" -- Bourdain explores the world to, he says, "eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice ... they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get." Enticed by the opportunity to experience cultures rarely visited by American TV, such as in the Congo, Libya and Myanmar, the chef and best-selling author also takes viewers to Colombia, Peru, Morocco and, closer to home, Koreatown in Los Angeles.

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Anthony Bourdain digs deep into the proud, often misunderstood culture of West Virginia, as he traverses a 5,000-foot mine, observes the demolition derby-like sport of rock-bouncing and dines on signature Appalachian dishes.
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Traveling to the untamed land of Big Bend, Texas near the Mexican border, an area that pits man against nature and in which the land usually wins; sharing meals with working cowboys who have made peace with the rough terrain.
aired 25 days ago
Bourdain tours the historically rich streets of Singapore; immerses himself in the vast array of multicultural foods throughout this island city-state.
aired 25 days ago
Guided by chef Masa Takayama, Anthony's trip to Japan begins with a tour of outdoor food markets, followed by a conversation with an ex-geisha at her teahouse, and an omakase experience at Tokyo's famous Sushi Ko.
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Anthony motorbikes through the capital of Vietnam and joins President Barack Obama for a dish of Bun Cha.
aired 33 days ago
Bourdain discovers a hub of international cuisines and cultures in the New York City Borough of Queens.
aired 39 days ago
Anthony visits chef Josh Habiger's Catbird Seat and Bolton's famous hot chicken; Anthony parties with singer Alison Mosshart as he indulges in the best that Music City, U.S.A., has to offer.
aired 47 days ago
An alternative tour of Los Angeles by Bourdain; focuses on the impact and contributions of its less photographed and often overlooked Latino communities.
aired 74 days ago
Anthony introduces his friend, Michelin star chef Eric Ripert, to China and Sichuan province by feeding him the most mouth-scorching meals, like peppercorn fish.
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The people who made "Parts Unknown" select moments from their episodes and pull back the curtain, to talk about collaboration, creative freedom, moments when Bourdain had their back or called them out, and the times when he was caught off guard.
aired 87 days ago
Bourdain's trip to meat-centric Buenos Aires features a meal at famous local spot, Don Carlito's, and an after-hours soccer match.
aired 87 days ago
In Berlin, Anthony Bourdain encounters an extremely accepting society, teeming with unbridled creativity, despite a grim history; against the backdrop of Berlin Wall remnants, Anthony communes with musician Anton Newcombe.
aired 116 days ago
Anthony explores Senegal with the help of chef Pierre Thiam, NPR Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist Arcton, and international superstar Youssou N'Dour.
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Anthony Bourdain introduces W. Kamau Bell to the distinctive sights, tastes and sounds of Kenya.
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Bourdain takes a personal journey through this formerly bohemian New York City neighborhood, as he meets, shares meals and reflects with music, film and art trailblazers including Richard Hell, Deborah Harry and Chris Stein.
aired 119 days ago
Anthony finds comfort in British cuisine, including bone marrow at Fergus Henderson's St. John and Scotch eggs at Princess Victoria Pub with Nigella Lawson; Anthony meets with artist Ralph Steadman at his studio.
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Anthony's sidekick Zamir Gotta takes center stage as they trek through Tbilisi, Batumi and Khurvaleti; eating at the Café Gabriadze and the Black Lion.
aired 119 days ago
Anthony Bourdain returns to Uruguay after a decade away and finds a progressive nation in the midst of social change, but with evident fragments of its colonial past, most notably in its local cuisine.
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Bourdain travels to the enchanted region of Asturias, Spain with chef and humanitarian Jose Andres, as he makes a return to his homeland.
aired 119 days ago
Bourdain visits the coastal city of San Sebastian in the Basque Country; famous for its views and fresh seafood.
aired 124 days ago
Peace and hope spread throughout Sri Lanka following the end of its brutal civil war; Bourdain travels to the once divided regions to experience the reinvigorated people, savory food and vast landscapes.

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